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West Ham manager Moyes: Zouma improving our defensive quality

West Ham United manager David Moyes has said the presence of Kurt Zouma has raised the level of his other defenders.

The French centre-back was recruited from crosstown rivals Chelsea this past summer.

Zouma has started West Ham's last four Premier League games, including Sunday's win over Everton at Goodison Park.

"I felt by bringing Kurt in they would need to step up and I want to do it again," Moyes told reporters after the game.

"I want to try and raise the bar again. So the next chance I get, I know if I can bring another Kurt Zouma type player to the club then I think it will continue to keep the standards and the team doing well.

"I think he's a great lad, everybody knows him, I think a lot of people know he was successful at Chelsea but I want Kurt to be under pressure by the centre-backs. We've got Craig Dawson and Issa Diop, they have been playing really really well in the games which we've played this season.

"So, if I ever had to pick out anybody maybe other than Declan I think the centre-halves have been on top form whichever two I have selected and today with ten minutes to go after the injury [to Tomas Soucek] we went to three at the back because we did not have Alex Kral or Mark Noble today."


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